Boz Scaggs and His Background Singers – How Well Can You “See” Them?

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What to Listen For – Transparency Vs Opacity

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This original (SD-8239) pressing has two excellent sides, which is two more than the typical cardboardy, flat, thin, lifeless copy has. If you like your music dry and clean, try the remixed version (SD-19166), the CD, or perhaps there is a heavy vinyl version out there (at one tenth the price). That’s not our sound here at Better Records.

The best recordings from the era do not have that sound, so when we find that kind of analog richness, sweetness and naturalness on a pressing such as this, we know the record is RIGHT.

What to Listen For — Background Singers You Can “See”

If you have multiple copies of the album and want to shoot them out, here’s an easy test. Listen for how clear and correct the female background singers sound. This is an excellent test because it will hold true for both sides on the album.

On opaque copies they are hard to “see”; on transparent copies they are easy to “see.” On tonally thin copies they will sound edgier and harder than they should. And on Tubey Magical copies they will sound full-bodied, solid and real.

FURTHER READING

Advice – What to Listen For – Ambience, Size and Space (47)
Advice – What to Listen For – Bass and Whomp (73)
Advice – What to Listen For – Choruses that Are Big, Clear and Lively (44)
Advice – What to Listen For – Compression (14)
Advice – What to Listen For – Energy (44)
Advice – What to Listen For – Grit and Grain (38)
Advice – What to Listen For – Midrange (Lower) – Mid-Bass (3)
Advice – What to Listen For – Midrange (Upper) – Shrillness (20)
Advice – What to Listen For – Midrange Congestion (21)
Advice – What to Listen For – Midrange Presence (25)
Advice – What to Listen For – Richness and Smoothness (32)
Advice – What to Listen For – Sibilance (It’s a Bitch) (44)
Advice – What to Listen For – Side to Side Differences (34)
Advice – What to Listen For – Smear (23)
Advice – What to Listen For – Speed (3)
Advice – What to Listen For – String Tone and Texture (14)
Advice – What to Listen For – Transparency Vs Opacity (98)
Advice – What to Listen For – Treble (34)
Advice – What to Listen For – Tubes Vs. Transistors (9)
Advice – What to Listen For – Tubey Magic (64)
Advice – What to Listen For – Tubey Magical Acoustic Guitars (26)

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